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Common Questions After A Drowsy Driving Incident

Another form of distracted driving around Georgia is drowsy driving. It is just as dangerous, and unfortunately just as common. If you find yourself involved in an accident, it is crucial that you seek legal representation. Glenda Mitchell Law Firm is here to help. By scheduling a free consultation, we can discuss your options and how to best move forward.

How common is drowsy driving?

The National Sleep Foundation reported that nearly 40% of drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel, and even more have driven when they did not feel fully awake and alert behind the wheel.

What should I look out for if someone is driving drowsy?

To avoid a serious accident because of drowsy driving, you should:

  • Be aware of the time: Drowsy driving is most common in the early morning hours and the late afternoon
  • Watch for drifting drivers: Drowsy drivers often hit the shoulder or drift from their lane
  • Always drive defensively: If you are aware of your surroundings, you can react faster to obstacles and drowsy drivers

How dangerous is drowsy driving?

Many studies and experts have compared drowsy driving directly with driving drunk. Both pose serious dangers to drivers because drunk and drowsy drivers both have:

  • Trouble focusing on the road or traffic signs
  • Possible blurry vision
  • Slow reaction times
  • Difficulty staying in their lane

Drowsy drivers’ ability to operate their vehicles is inhibited, simply because they did not get proper sleep.

If I was involved in an accident with a drowsy driver, how will it affect my personal injury claim?

Drowsy driving and drunk driving may have many similarities. However, drowsy driving is not illegal. Even so, a drowsy driver is the one at fault if they caused your accident that resulted in a serious injury.

You will still have to prove the portion of the drowsy driver’s fault, but you also still have a right to recover compensation after an accident. There is no question that drowsy driving is negligent, and you should not have to suffer from another’s reckless behavior. With a personal injury attorney on your side, you can ensure you will obtain your fair compensation after a reckless motor vehicle accident.

Do You Have More Questions? Call Now.

If you have been in an accident, contact Glenda Mitchell Law Firm as soon as possible. We will protect your best interests and answer all your personal injury-related questions. Call 678-721-0417 or email our firm to arrange a free consultation and discuss your individual questions with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices conveniently located in Cartersville and Greenville.